Precautions and Warnings With Oxybutynin
There are numerous precautions and warnings with oxybutynin to be aware of before starting treatment. Prior to taking the drug, tell your healthcare provider if you have high blood pressure, kidney disease, or congestive heart failure. Precautions and warnings with oxybutynin also include people who are allergic to any components of the medication or who have urinary retention, uncontrolled glaucoma, or delayed gastric emptying.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking oxybutynin chloride (Ditropan®) if you have:
- Liver disease, including liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Digestive problems (especially problems that cause a slowing of food through the digestive tract)
- Myasthenia gravis
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- A hernia
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Heart disease
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Ulcerative colitis
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Difficulty passing urine
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.